i must admit that while i did somewhat enjoy reading the two mcphee pieces, i developed more of an interest/appreciation of mcphee after today's lecture because i think i truly realized just how much work went into these two pieces. the research is obvious because he goes into great detail about numerous things but i think that mcphee provides a dedication that surpasses what we have seen thus far. first of off, he was communicating with that truck driver for four years!! ...that is commitment. also, in the "sort" piece i really like how he covered such a wide variety of topics and managed to pull them all together so cohesively - he went from the lobster, to the UPS room, then talked about the school and then got even more personal by introducing a few people who work there. i felt like it took the article from the big overwhelming elements of huge lobster tanks to the massive building and focused in on more minute details (such as the story of the single mom). in the pice about the truck driver i was surprised to see how much of mcphee himself was brought into the article; for instance, he mentions not being scared in the car and finally fitting in once he had the trucker hat. this was effective because it allowed me, the reader, to also play the role of the outsider and see what it was like to get a glimpse into this (odd) guy's world. although we did get somewhat of a warning about the mcphee article for thursday, i am actually excited to read it now!